Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site Closes

Edison Megasite Event

RWJBarnabas Health team members gather to commemorate the closing of the Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site in Edison. Pictured in the photo are RWJBarnabas Health's Thomas A. Biga, President of the Hospital Division; Bonnie Geissler, MHA, RN, Vice President of Special Projects; David Holler, Director of the Mega-site and Assistant Vice President of Laboratory Access; and John F. Bonamo, M.D., MS, FACOG, FACPE, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Quality Officer.

Appreciation event held to recognize staff members for their dedication

Edison, NJ, July 16, 2021– After seven months of operation and issuing more than 310,000 vaccines, the Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site in Edison will provide its last doses of vaccine on Saturday, July 17. Operated by RWJBarnabas Health, the Army National Guard, Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Middlesex County, the Edison Mega-site served as vital resource for residents across the state to access the COVID-19 vaccine and protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus.

Together, hundreds of staff members and volunteers provided services including security, registration, vaccination and medical observation in a coordinated effort to operate the Mega-site and to ensure maximum safety and efficiency of the vaccination effort.

On Thursday, July 15th an appreciation event was held for staff members and volunteers at the site to thank them for their dedication and celebrate the significant vaccination milestones they achieved together.

“The closure of the Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site marks a significant milestone in our fight against the COVID-19 virus,” said Bonnie Geissler, MHA, RN, Vice President, Special Projects, RWJBarnabas Health. “I’m incredibly proud of everyone who worked at the site from our medical staff to our volunteers, and every resident who got vaccinated. We have successfully completed our job here in Edison and have reached our vaccination goal.”

All six of New Jersey’s vaccine mega-sites will have closed as of July 27th as the state moves to a more community-based model for vaccinations. Many community-based venues for vaccines will remain across New Jersey, and vaccine access will continue throughout all RWJBarnabas Health hospitals.

“We are grateful for our partner organizations and every single team member and volunteer who showed up to help others in our community during this challenging time,” said David Holler, Director of Middlesex County Vaccination Mega-site and AVP, Laboratory Access, RWJBarnabas Health. “It was inspiring to see each of them working together towards a common goal in a statewide effort to save lives and protect residents from contracting and/or spreading the virus.”

All individuals aged 12 and older who live, work or study in New Jersey are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.Vaccinations are still available across the state. To find a location or to schedule an appointment at an RWJBarnabas Health facility, please visit www.rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine.

For more information and resources from the State of New Jersey, please visit covid19.nj.gov. For general COVID-19 questions, please call 2-1-1. For medical COVID-19 questions, please call 1-800-962-1253.

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